AIMT organizes talk to collaborate efforts to protect child rights
A discussion on “Protecting Child Rights: The Role of Media, Society and the State” was organized by the Department of Mass Communication of Asian Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT) on Saturday, May 12.
Stressing on the need of proper coordination between NGOs, media houses, and other democratic organizations in protecting issues relating to child rights, Assistant Solicitor General of India, Gauhati High Court Subhash Chandra Keyal has advocated for a serious collaborative effort to protect the rights of the future generation of the country.
Addressing the talk, which was also attended by senior journalists, civil society members and students from other colleges of the country, Keyal also elaborated on the concerted efforts of the Indian Judicial System to curb the menace. Referring to various cases ranging from Jammu and Kashmir to Assam, Keyal urged the students of the department to keep a strict vigil on the happenings in the society, especially in the child protection front.
“You people are the future of our society. We have enough faith on you. You are the one who can lead the society from the front,” he said.
Participating in the discussion as guest of honor, leading journalist and social thinker Wasbir Hussain spoke on the importance of judiciary in curbing issues relating to protection of child rights. However, he expressed serious concern over the increasing number of cases relating to the issue in various courts of the country. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” he elaborated.
Speaking during the program, largely attended by the students of the Department of Mass Communication of the college, Hussain also advocated for a united effort involving each and everyone in the society to control the problem to a large extent.
In her speech as moderator of the event, Dr Rashmi Sarmah, a leading activist of the world famous Bachpan Bachao Andolan as its state coordinator, said, “Every child is equal and every suffering is equal.” She also elaborated on various issues ignored by the media organizations while doing reporting on these sensitive issues.
Speaking on the occasion, advocate Babita Saikia elaborated on various issues relating to child trafficking. “Everybody in the society is very much aware about the issue, i.e., child trafficking. But very less number of people are aware of the fact that there lots of other cells where the people concerned file their grievances,” she said.
Maharshi Goswami, consultant, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights also spoke on the various issues relating to the issue.